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Haibane Renmei

Haibane Renmei

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Charcoal Feather Federation
Japanese: 灰羽連盟

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 10, 2002 to Dec 19, 2002
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.121 (scored by 35925 users)
Ranked: #3792
Popularity: #315
Members: 74,983
Favorites: 2,302
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

drama fantasy mystery slice of life

Synopsis

A dream of falling from the sky... and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka’s own wings grow, a halo is placed on her head and she is told that she must work in the nearby town of Grie. She soon realizes that the town and the entire world they live in are confined behind the Wall, a tall, impenetrable wall that none except the mysterious Toga are allowed to exit.

(Source: ANN)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Old Home no Haibane-tachi

Characters & Voice Actors

Rakka
Rakka
Main
Hirohashi, Ryou
Japanese
Hirohashi, Ryou
Savage, Carrie
English
Savage, Carrie
...
Reki
Reki
Main
Noda, Junko
Japanese
Noda, Junko
Weinstein, Erika
English
Weinstein, Erika
...
Kuu
Kuu
Supporting
Yajima, Akiko
Japanese
Yajima, Akiko
Hochfield, J-Ray
English
Hochfield, J-Ray
...
Nemu
Nemu
Supporting
Bizot, Hélène
French
Bizot, Hélène
Strassman, Karen
English
Strassman, Karen
...

Staff

Ueda, Yasayuki
Producer
Tokoro, Tomokazu
Director, Key Animation
Motoyama, Satoshi
Sound Director
Arakawa, Masatsugu
Episode Director, Key Animation



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Apr 25, 2010
Siarus
This is the most striking anime I've ever seen. The care and imagination that went into every aspect of the show is remarkable, but due to the slow, gentle nature of the series I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, if only because this isn't a typical anime in terms of plot. The suspense is subtle -- difficult to spot if you're watching it for the first time -- and builds up over half of the series. Haibane Renmei starts off languid and mysterious, and it tapers off just as languid and mysterious, and every episode seems to reveal more questions that never get answered. Even read more
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May 7, 2014
DystopianLove
An endless fall; a young girl wrapped in white abruptly descends from the skies. A weightless haze lucidly embraces her. A dream too real, a fall too sudden; awakens she, from a strange trance and finds herself confined in a vessel that’s all too familiar in place that’s all too peculiar. A craft in the form of a cocoon holds the enigmatic maiden—a strange rebirth is to take place. The inhabitants of the building in which the cocoon swiftly lies, await in great patience for the arrival of the girl in white.

Thus begins the hauntingly decorative tale of “Haibane Renmei”

Instantly, “Haibane Renmei’s” inquisitive read more
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Recommendations

While Haibane Renmei couldn't be more dissimilar, the concept of the characters being in a supposed afterlife or purgatory are both extremely integral to the setting. Although in Angel Beats!, it seems like they fear the next step and thus rebel in anyway to ensure they don't disappear. However, in Haibane Renmei, they do the exact opposite and are more resigned to their fate, and there is little conflict.
Both of these shows leave things open-ended, even after the end. If you're interested in thinking about the world that the characters live in when you watch anime, what important concepts are expressed in anime, or want to still think about a show long after it's over, these two shows work well. While they cover different ideas among those concepts, I feel they both cause similar responses.

Opening Theme

"Free Bird" by Kou Otani

Ending Theme

"Blue Flow" by Heart of Air

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